It’s hard to believe that this wine has never graced the pages of this blog. Pixie has been a staple in my life for years. This wine was served at my parent’s wedding, and when my husband and I got engaged, as well as many a birthday and weeknight. It’s a crowd-pleaser, in the best possible way. It’s easy to drink, complex enough that I discover something different in the glass each time I have a glass, and it’s damn enjoyable.
The Wine: Pixie, by Rosehall Run
The Price: $19.95
The Grape: Vidal
The Region: Prince Edward County (Wellington), Ontario
Pixie is produced by Rosehall Run, one of the oldest and most esteemed wineries in Prince Edward County (and one of my personal favourites). On the nose Pixie is incredibly fruit forward. Vanilla and rhubarb dominate, without overshadowing what’s in the glass. It tastes like orange blossoms and wildflowers. Honey dew melon, with very light hints of citrus. Strawberries and vanilla again. Honestly, I could take a bath in this wine. I’d like to fill by bathtub with it. Is that allowed? Can I do that? I do have a birthday coming up… Anyway, back to Pixie.
The Vidal grape might be best known in more northern climates as a mainstay grape when making Icewine, due to its ability to withstand cold climate weather (hello, Canadian winters). Pixie is also made in the Charmat method, meaning that it’s fermented in stainless steel tanks and then bottled. It’s also known as the Tank Method or Cuve Close.
When we talk about crowd-pleasers, it often brings to mind something a little more average, but like a great pop song, there’s something in this wine that everyone will like. And that’s a great thing. Truly! It’s freakin’ awesome. Pixie is the song of the summer. The one everyone knows the words to, the one you bop along to. It’s the pinnacle of any playlist and one that you’ll keep playing long after summer’s over.